Protecting your home from the elements is a job that extends from top to bottom, with the most vital part being your roofing system. It’s easy to take your roof for granted when it’s doing its job, keeping your home and family dry — but don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. It’s critical to recognize the signs that your roof requires repair or replacement.
If you suspect your roof needs maintenance, here are some points to consider:
Age: If you have an asphalt roof, expect to replace it after about 12-18 years, depending on conditions. Until then, most problems will be repairable. You may require roof replacement before your warranty is up, but you can avoid that by practicing proper roof maintenance.
Number of Roofing Layers: In a short-sighted attempt to save money, some homeowners elect to have a new roof installed over the old one in lieu of a replacement. If your roof currently has two layers, and it’s been over 12-18 years, depending on conditions since the last layer was installed, you’ll need a real roof replacement soon. For safety reasons, most local building codes prohibit homes from having more than two roofing layers.
Deck Moisture Damage: If you’re dealing with a few misshapen or missing shingles, it’s fair to schedule a roof repair to just replace the damaged areas. If moisture has made its way into your roof deck, however, you will need a full roof replacement. Otherwise, roof rot will destroy your home’s infrastructure.
Roof repairs and replacements are the domain of Frank’s Roofing Solutions, a commercial and residential firm working out of Marietta, GA. For questions about their services or to request an estimate, call (678) 881-0001. More information about the local roofing team is available on their website.